I have the Dell Venue...i ordered it from the outlet for $179 as an affordable replacement to my girl's Samsung Sidekick 4G. The SK4G is extremely buggy and she couldn't deal with any more. In the end, I traded her my HTC Sensation 4G and I kept the Venue. I wasn't sure if I was going to have a problem with using a phone that runs Android 2.2(Froyo). But now I realize that I really can't tell the differences between froyo and gingerbread. On both froyo and gingerbread, I prefer using the Go Launcher EX IU.
I really like the Venue. Though, A bit on the hefty side(To me, that's OK), It is beautifully designed and built .. It has a nice clean, crisp and loud speakerphone.(Which my Sensation 4G is sorely lacking and is my biggest gripe with that phone). The screen is beautiful. I don't really care to much for the Dell stage UI that comes stock with the phone, so i replace it. I really like the Go Launcher EX UI, which has dozens of themes, widgets and app options. I don't think i would buy this phone at the full price of $350. But at $179, it's a great deal.
If anybody has a question about the phone, I'll be happy to answer.